When people hear the term “Mini Labrador”, they immediately draw comparisons to other dog breeds that have standard mini versions like the Schnauzer and Poodle breeds. Strictly speaking, this is not accurate.
There is no such thing as a standard smaller version of a Labrador. The miniature versions around are either Labradors with the dwarfism trait or mixed Labs. The dwarf versions are what most people refer to when they use the term Miniature Labrador.
They are more or less like your average Labrador with just a few differences in appearance. Here is what you can expect:
Miniature Labradors vary in weight depending on their origin. Dwarf Labs can weigh anywhere between 30 to 40 lbs while mixes with smaller breeds can go as low as 20 lbs.
In terms of height, Mini Labs are usually 3 to 10 inches below the 22-inch height average of standard Labs.
The build with Miniature Labradors is usually less proportional than regular Labradors. They often have malformed limbs that may be short and bowed. This applies both to dwarf Labradors and those from mixes.
Facial and skull features
The facial and skull features are where the Miniature Labrador has the most similarities to the standard breed. They have the same large droopy ears, wide forehead, and narrow, long snout. However, Mini Labs with the dwarf trait may have a disproportionately large head and shorter snout.
Mini Labs have short, dense coats that can be chocolate, black, or yellow. If they are as a result of mixed breeding, they may take coat traits and colors from the other involved breed.